ALABAMA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT A NEW LOW
By WVUA 23 Web Writer Adrianne Jenkins
Alabama’s unemployment rate is at an all-time low, meaning everything the state is doing is working, according to Gov. Kay Ivey.
Last year the state’s unemployment rate was 6.1 percent. Now, the rate is at a historic low of 3.1 percent.
Alabama Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington put his percentage into perspective.
“We reported that there were 77,000 people in the state of Alabama that are unemployed which is also a historic record,” Washington said. “Never in the state of Alabama have we had that many listed as unemployed. Of that there is a percentage of people that just don’t know where these opportunities are.”
Over the past few months the unemployment rate has decreased from 3.8 percent in September to 3.6 percent in October.
“We’ve got some strong collaborations among other state agencies where everybody’s working together towards one common goal and that is job creation,” Washington said. “It’s huge, again it’s all about job creation there are a lot of high demand jobs out there and it’s our job as an agency to make sure we educate job seekers where those opportunities are.”
According to Washington, the new Mercedes-Benz U.S. International plant in Vance has played a role in helping the unemployment rate rise.
The Department of Commerce is going around the state expanding the industry opportunities as well as recruiting new industries.
Washington said the state will continue to make sure people who are unemployed get meaningful employment.